My Xtracycle is back in business

A while back I found myself not using my Xtracycle setup as much as I would like.

Rather than letting my bike sit in the garage collecting dust, I dismantled it and used the parts to build up a single speed bike for mountain biking. Even with that I found myself not riding the SS as much since I started doing some downhill racing.

So for months my Xtracycle frame hung off a hook in the garage…collecting dust. After a while my I started thinking about all the memories I have created with this bike setup. I’ve taken this bike commuting numerous times, loaded it up with groceries and have used it thousands of times chauffeuring my kids to and from school the last few years.

Instead of using the original Ibex RSR frame, I decided to go with my other favorite frame, a Sette Reken. I also upgraded the wheel set and threw in a few new things.

One problem I had with this frame was the fact it didn’t have a kick stand tube that goes between the chain stays. I was too cheap to purchase another Front Attachment Plate (FAP) from Xtracycle, so I found this thick aluminum seat post bracket and made it work.

I also splurged on a new Nitto bar and pink ODI grips for my daughter (my main passenger).

The fork was upgraded; it’s a Spinner Season 100mm fork. Check out my wheels — I purchased those at a bicycle swap meet for $30! The rims are red anodized, laced with Formula Hub (front) and XT in the rear. I am using Kenda Karma tires.

Red Oury lock on grips, with Mr Dirtz end caps. 1.5 riser bars, pink Jagwire der cable housing.

My final piece of bling that I got for the Xtra — Planet Bike Freddy Fenders.
xtracycle planet bike freddy fenders

Though my setup isn’t anything extravagant, this setup will work perfectly for me. Oh one more upgrade soon to come, full disc brakes. All I need is an 8″ rotor for the rear, and we’re ready to stop on a dime. I’m sure you’ve noticed that this Xtracycle looks more like a long mountain bike; well, it is. I plan on using this bad boy on many mountain bike rides, and all that cargo space I have in the back can carry all the beer and lunch we’ll need.


  1. Ghost Rider

    That is some BRIGHT Jagwire housing…is it the photo, or does Jagwire now make hot-pink housing? It used to be bubblegum-colored.

    Glad to see your Xtra back on the road.

  2. BikeWhenYouCan

    Looks like a great package. Good to see your X back in action.

  3. RL


    The photo editing made things brighter. But yes, its a bubble gum pink housing.

  4. Rick Pickett

    Great shots! Hope the year treated you well!

  5. thom

    The use of a seatpost bracket in lieu of a second FAP was a great idea. I have an xtracycle conversion built on a 29er and the main challenge is making the tongue mounting point happen properly: the wheelstays are too long, so I improvised with some steel plate as a short term solution. But I’m looking to beef that up and will be exploring seatpost clamps for comfort saddles this weekend. Great concept, and might span the width I need…

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